Eastleigh College has raised almost £2,000 to help support a Southampton hospital treating children battling with cancer.

Event management students at the college on Chestnut Avenue have raised £1,964.50 from their Christmas Fayre, with all proceedings going to Piam Brown Children’s Cancer Ward.

Piam Brown is an oncology and haematology centre caring for children from birth to 16 with cancer at University Hospital Southampton.

This year marked the college’s fayre 10th anniversary, having originally been launched in 2013 as a means of enabling its event management students to put all their training into practice, while also supporting a valuable cause.

The college has shared a long partnership with the Southampton hospital ward, having raised thousands of pounds across the past decade.

This year saw students raise a total of £1,963.50, which was more than twice raised last year.

As well as a Christmas Market, with lots of trade stalls showcasing some of the best local businesses in the community, there was also a range of activities and games that people could do.

Gemma Braybrook, Course Manager in Media, Marketing and Event Management, said: “This year’s Christmas Fayre was truly something special, it had a bit of everything and the footfall was fantastic.

“A huge congratulations to all the hardworking students, especially Project Managers Heidi and Jordan, for putting on such a professional event and for setting a new fundraising record.

“It is always an honour to be helping such a worthy cause as Piam Brown Children’s Cancer Ward.”

Heidi is one of the Event Management learners who project managed the event.

She said: “It’s been really fun planning this Fayre. We’ve been planning since June and I can’t believe it’s finally happened. Everyone had a wonderful time.”